One sure way to get into the spirit of the season is to center yourself in a beautiful place dripping in décor and nostalgia, and Virginia has more than a few to choose from. These streets are but a sample of all Virginia has to offer during the season, and there are Favorite Christmas Towns you’ll want to check out as well.
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— KING STREET | ALEXANDRIA —
One of HGTV’s Top 10 Christmas Towns, Alexandria is a twinkling representation of Christmas past. In fact, Claire M. has said, “a stroll on historic King Street is like being in a real-life Dickens Village, complete with European flair.”
Photo by R. Kennedy.
— CAROLINE STREET | FREDERICKSBURG —
Julie P. gushed to us about Fredericksburg’s Caroline Street, writing, “The holidays are magical on Caroline Street. The center of a 40-block, National Historic District lined with original 18th and 19th Century buildings is all decked out for the holidays with festive lights, decorations, boutiques, art galleries, chef-owned restaurants, antique shops, historic homes, tours, museums and even Santa!”
— MAIN STREET | LEXINGTON —
Brick sidewalks, wreaths around the street lamps, and storefronts decorated with evergreens, ribbons, and ornaments all make for a decidedly festive atmosphere for shopping and dining on Main Street in Lexington.
— MAIN STREET | CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND —
Take to the Eastern Shore this season for beautiful explorations. Evelyn S. invites you to Chincoteague Island where “historic Main Street is resplendent with decorated shop windows, lampposts with greenery and bows, LOVE chairs in Robert Reed Waterfront Park and more.” Evelyn said the “historic buildings dating to the early 1920’s shine beautifully at Christmas and the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade on the first Saturday night in December ushers in the holiday season in island style.”
— BEVERLY STREET | STAUNTON —
When considering Staunton, Kathy M. says you’ll love “the captivating beauty of the season as you stroll along decorated Beverly Street, marveling at the architecture and taking joy in finding unusual and handcrafted gifts in the downtown shopping district.”
Beverly Street, Staunton. Photo by Peter Aalestad.
— MAIN STREET | FINCASTLE —
Fincastle has a dedicated group of volunteers that check and string up the nearly 2,000 bulbs that are needed to bring light to Main Street. Snowflakes and wreaths are among the signature assemblage of decorations, with some pieces blending a retro vibe with the small town charm.
— MAIN STREET | NARROWS —
Cora G. wants you to see the Town of Narrows and the Main Street with “large snowflakes that twinkle in multiple colors as residents and visitors stroll or drive through town.” She also suggests two points of interest: “The New River Bridge is strung with old fashioned colored lights that welcome people to town as they crisscross overhead, and the Duck Pond is lit up with snowflakes, ducks, and trees of white lights.”
— MARKET STREET | ROANOKE —
Market Street is perhaps the most appealing street for holiday inspiration in Roanoke. “The lampposts will be decorated with wreaths and lights. Most of the downtown streets get some type of decoration but that one stands out more because it’s the most pedestrian friendly and the farmers market gives it more character. It’s also the main area for the Dickens of a Christmas Festival, which is the first three Fridays in December,” David A. reported.
— MAIN STREET | KILMARNOCK —
According to Susan C., “Kilmarnock’s Main Street comes alive with the glow of holiday lights, store front windows charmingly decorated and the sense that you can have a traditional ‘Norman Rockwell’ styled experience.”
— MAIN STREET | SALEM —
Salem is beautifully dressed for the holidays. Park the car and walk Main Street to enjoy the seasonal elements, shop the shops, and find something good to eat.
— DOWNTOWN MALL | CHARLOTTESVILLE —
Walking is the way go to in Charlottesville, and Bri B. told us there’s “a huge Christmas tree on Central Place and lots of lights and decorations throughout.” Shop, eat, and enjoy the merriment!
— MARKET STREET | RESTON —
Reston Town Center is a beautiful place, and Market Street is but one of the thoroughfares you’ll want to stroll when you visit and shop. A giant Christmas tree sits across the way from the ice skating rink while lights twinkle up and down the way.
Photo by Jim Kirby.
— MAIN STREET | WOODSTOCK —
While all of Shenandoah County’s cities and towns are strung together like unique pearls with their own holiday offerings, Jenna F. has an especially fun place in mind. “Take in the splendor of the Shenandoah County historic Courthouse decorated with wreaths and white lights in Woodstock’s historic Court Square, and enjoy the other whimsical lights along Main Street including a toy train, nutcrackers, wooden soldiers, a jack-in-the-box and more.”
— CARY STREET | RICHMOND —
When Richmond’s skyline is illuminated the first Friday in December, Cary Street in historic Shockoe Slip comes alive with beautiful bright lights, animated reindeer, and a merriment that’s nearly palpable. Great dining and drinks can be found along this section of Cary Street while shopping is great fun on West Cary Street in Carytown.
Richmond’s James Center. Photo by Beth Furgurson.
— LOCUST STREET | FLOYD —
Locust Street (as well as Main Street) is abuzz with holiday shopping and entertainment. According to Pat S., “The Town of Floyd is truly nostalgically beautiful during the holidays. The town puts up beautiful holiday snowflake lights and businesses have a tradition of decorating with lights, wreaths, bows, etc. to make it truly awe-inspiring.” Floyd’s holiday décor make for a beautiful place to shop and celebrate the holidays.
— CENTER STREET/RAILROAD AVENUE | ASHLAND —
The train track runs between Center Street creating two one-way streets that are beautifully decorated during the Christmas season. Near the Amtrak station (pictured), Center Street is known as Railroad Avenue. Pam N. wrote to us, “Ashland becomes a mile-long holiday card this year. We are going to light up the tracks … we also put up a 25ft Christmas tree.”
— MAIN STREET | FRONT ROYAL —
“We decorate the Main Street area every year, and get many people who come just to see the decorations,” said Rebecca R. With the photo like the one below by Jacob Schwartz, one can definitely see why a trip to Front Royal is worth a drive.
Front Royal. Photo by Jacob Schwartz.